Influential Chinese school board left out in deciding jawi learning, says Dr Wee

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet's decision to allow Year Four pupils to decide whether they want to learn jawi writing from next year has raised eyebrows, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The MCA president said the Pakatan Harapan government has also undermined the influence of the Chinese primary school board of directors, who are not part of the decision making process.

He said the Cabinet, by making pupils one of the three decision makers in the learning of jawi writing, besides their parents and the school's parent-teacher associations (PTAs), has raised pertinent questions.

On Wednesday (Aug 14), the Cabinet said that PTAs together with Year Four pupils of vernacular schools and their parents will get to decide whether pupils will learn jawi writing in the Bahasa Melayu subject from next year.

Set up under Article 53 of the Education Act 1996 (amendment), the Chinese primary school board, which takes charge of the school's affairs and development, was however, not made a decision maker in this case.

Dr Wee said the development of Chinese primary schools all this while requires close cooperation between the board, PTAs, Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia) and Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association of Malaysia).

The board, he added, has always been at the forefront defending Chinese education over the decades.

"The decision of the Cabinet on the learning of Jawi writing not only saw the marginalisation of the board but also undermines the cooperation (between the board, Dong Zong, Jiao Zong and PTAs).

"Is weakening or showing disrespect for the board the new education policy in new Malaysia? Dr Wee asked in a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 15).

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